Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express and Suites San Diego – Mission Valley

Posted By Lisa on May 29, 2018

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When planning our vacation to San Diego last summer, we wanted a hotel with plenty of amenities, a good central location, and a great value. We also needed something to sleep six! The Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego – Mission Valley on Hotel Circle ended up being the perfect choice. We loved this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers an upscale feeling in a family-friendly way. A spacious, open lobby, pool area, social area, and comfortable rooms make this hotel a great choice for couples or families in the San Diego area.

More Than a Place to Sleep

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego – Mission Valley is a great choice to stay. They offer king rooms, two queen rooms, and king and two queen suites that have sofa sleeper beds. The hotel is modern and was clean and well kept. Rooms come with black-out shades, options for pillows, irons and ironing boards, in-room safes and modern technology. Room keys are required to access rooms which adds an extra level of security.

Guest Lobby

The hotel offers a spacious open-air lobby with ample seating. There are family board games and yard games that can be enjoyed right in the lobby area. The Southern California breezes come through, yet doors can be pulled down in case of severe weather. A wonderful glass sided fireplace separates the lobby from the pool area and can be enjoyed any time day or night.

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Mission Valley - interior room

Photo credit: Holiday Inn Express and Suites

The Pool

Although not large, the pool was perfect for our family. It is heated and open until late in the evening. The whirlpool is nice to relax in and enjoy after a long day of enjoying all San Diego has to offer. Towels are provided in the pool area so you don’t have to take them from your room. There is a wonderful outdoor seating area inside the pool area next to the fireplace.

Complimentary Breakfast

The hotel offers a complimentary full breakfast buffet each morning with some alternating menu items and everyday favorites like cinnamon rolls, yogurt, and bagels. The coffee bar area is open 24/7 for guests to access and enjoy in the lobby or on their way to their room.

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Mission Valley - exterior

Photo credit: Holiday Inn Express and Suites


Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego – Mission Valley is located in a great central location to all that San Diego has to offer.  Located on the East end of Hotel Circle, popular family destinations are only 5-10 minutes away by car.  You can easily and quickly get to SeaWorld San Diego, the beach, Historic Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and more. It also has easy access to the freeway if you are traveling north to the Safari Park and Lego Land.

There were several restaurants close by and a drive of just a few minutes finds you in a wonderful shopping area for those items we forgot or didn’t realize we would need.

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Mission Valley - outdoor pool

Before You Book

Although some of their rooms come with a bathtub and walk-in shower, our suite only had a walk-in shower. We were traveling with an 18-month old which made bath time a bit of an adventure. If a bathtub is important, you may want to ask before making your reservation to see if your room has one.

The hotel charges a parking fee of $18 daily. We booked our hotel package with Get Away Today and our parking was complimentary for our stay. That was a huge savings!

Hotel Circle, while convenient, can be confusing to navigation systems. The roads and exits are well marked, but pay close attention so you end up on the correct side of Hotel Circle.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Mission Valley is a wonderful choice in a family hotel for a fun-filled trip to San Diego. Our family enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and quick to answer a question or provide suggestions. Happy travels!

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Mission Valley - outdoor fireplace

Good to Know

Where: Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located at 635 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, California 92108

When: San Diego is a wonderful destination year round with mild temperatures throughout the year. June through August is peak season as is Thanksgiving through New Years.

How Much: Rooms start at $135 and up depending on seasons and number of beds.

Amenities: heated outdoor pool and spa, complimentary breakfast, coffee available 24/7, fitness facility, flat-screen televisions, in room microwave and mini refrigerators, in-room safes, computer/printer services, wifi

How else can we help?

This Holiday Inn Express partners with Get Away Today Vacations. Get Away Today offers a low price guarantee on your San Diego vacation package when you book this hotel with San Diego attraction tickets like SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND California. BONUS: You can save an extra $25 when you use my exclusive coupon code SDFamily at

This Holiday Inn Express is listed as “Holiday Inn Express – San Diego Hotel Circle” at Get Away Today. Click the buttons to check rates and availability.

Lisa is an elementary school teacher and former travel agent, living in Utah. She loves traveling with her husband and two daughters as often as possible. They love traveling everywhere, but Disneyland is their favorite family destination.

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